After all that red food coloring and Valentine’s Day chocolate, we’ve got some calcium-boosting, health-boosting snacks for your little muffins!
Growing bodies need calcium, and one of the best (all vegan!) way to get it is through chia seeds. These amazing little seeds will provide 10% of your calcium needs in just 2 tablespoons, and they swell up in liquids to make wonderful, creamy chia puddings! Try these recipes with your little ones and feel good knowing they are getting cruelty-free bioavailable calcium and lots of other minerals.
Coconut and Vanilla chia pudding
– 3-6 T chia seeds
– 2 cups fresh almond milk
– 2 T coconut palm sugar
– 1/2 t vanilla extract
– 2 T shredded coconut, optional
Shake the almond milk, sugar, vanilla and coconut until combined. Stir in the chia seeds, and let them swell, stirring occasionally, for about 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!
Not-Tella Chia Pudding
Ingredients (serves 4)
– 1/2 cup to 1 cup chia seeds, depending on how thick you like your puddings
– ½ cup raw cacao powder
– 3 T + ½ cup honey
– 3 cups hazelnut milk
– 1 ½ t pure vanilla extract
– 2 T raw coconut oil
– Celtic sea salt
– Blend the hazelnut milk with the cacao powder, honey, vanilla extract and coconut oil, along with a dash of sea salt. Mix in the chia seeds by hand, and stir the mix occasionally until the seeds have absorbed all they can. Refrigerate or serve immediately.
Raw Mom Joanna
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